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September 11, 2012 12:36:14 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware Masters,

Long story short I'm looking to build a budget rig. Main use: Gaming(BadCompany3 etc..) and Photoshop. I will be running it on two 24inch lcd's. Please see my suggestion list below and let me know what are your thoughts... Anything to downgrade,upgrade or any bottlenecks you may see? It's been some time since I've build a rig so I am little bit rusted. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Specs:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz / $149(microcenter) // Possible overclocking in the future, don't think needed at this moment.

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 / $110

GPU:
MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB / $330 // Any thoughts on this one? $330 imo is overkill.

RAM:
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3 1600(2x4GB) / $FREE comes with mobo

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W / $70

HDD:
Crucial M4 64GB(SSD) OS / $73
WD GREEN 1TB DATA / $FREE currently have one

CASE
Antec Three Hundred Black / $54

DRIVE
LITE ON Drive Bay / $17

BASIC TOTAL: $803 // Live close to Microcenter so I may be able to match the prices from newegg and get additional 10% off. Thank you again for your input.

ketrab

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September 11, 2012 12:38:18 PM

You cant OC that CPU. That said, drop your mobo down to an H77 chipset. I suggest the Asrock H77M.

$330 isnt overkill. Infact, people buying gaming PCs with a $900-$1000+ budget actually buy $400 cards. Your GPU will be more than enough even for 1080p gaming.
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September 11, 2012 12:55:38 PM

here:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($414.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1007.40
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September 11, 2012 1:54:45 PM

2500K is $149 at MC
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September 11, 2012 1:55:57 PM

Nw333 said:
You cant OC that CPU. That said, drop your mobo down to an H77 chipset. I suggest the Asrock H77M.

$330 isnt overkill. Infact, people buying gaming PCs with a $900-$1000+ budget actually buy $400 cards. Your GPU will be more than enough even for 1080p gaming.


Nw333 thanks for quick reply. Dropping to h77 I will save $40 but I have to buy ram which would come to be the same. Regards CPU i totally forgot about the "k" at the end. What would you think about swapping i5 3450 to Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 which has higher mhz and can be OC in the future?
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September 11, 2012 5:11:04 PM

ketrab said:
also what about these two GPU's? Which would perform better?

MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB // $330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VS

EVGA 03G-P4-3663-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Supe // $349
http://cart.microcenter.com/cart.aspx?RedirectUrl=http:...


The 7950 performs better in most games and has more overclocking headroom but the GTX660ti performs a bit better in BF3.
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September 11, 2012 5:18:42 PM

idroid said:
The 7950 performs better in most games and has more overclocking headroom but the GTX660ti performs a bit better in BF3.


bit better.... meaning what difference in fps? Any supporting articles?
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September 11, 2012 5:37:32 PM

ketrab said:
bit better.... meaning what difference in fps? Any supporting articles?








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September 11, 2012 5:52:03 PM

idroid, you are the best thx...but since more overclocking headroom with radeon i know who is the winner.
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September 11, 2012 6:07:09 PM

ketrab said:
idroid, you are the best thx...but since more overclocking headroom with radeon i know who is the winner.

i am glad i helped you! if you have no further questions then you should select a best answer to close this thread.
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September 11, 2012 7:31:15 PM

Best answer selected by ketrab.
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September 13, 2012 7:34:30 PM

forgot to ask how BF3 will work on this configuration? Will it be able to run on ULTRA with all eye candies?
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September 13, 2012 7:37:10 PM

ketrab said:
forgot to ask how BF3 will work on this configuration? Will it be able to run on ULTRA with all eye candies?


Yep!
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September 13, 2012 8:17:05 PM

idroid said:
Yep!


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September 14, 2012 5:04:07 AM

Ok,

So I have my seconds thoughts and I wish you guys could help me out....I just configured the second build with the difference of $160. Please let me know what you think.


New Specs:
Intel Core i5-3570K / COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA

old specs for ref:

Specs:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz / $149(microcenter) // Possible overclocking in the future, don't think needed at this moment.

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 / $110

GPU:
MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB / $330 // Any thoughts on this one? $330 imo is overkill.

RAM:
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3 1600(2x4GB) / $FREE comes with mobo

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W / $70

HDD:
Crucial M4 64GB(SSD) OS / $73
WD GREEN 1TB DATA / $FREE currently have one

CASE
Antec Three Hundred Black / $54

DRIVE
LITE ON Drive Bay / $17
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September 14, 2012 2:05:45 PM

ketrab said:
Ok,

So I have my seconds thoughts and I wish you guys could help me out....I just configured the second build with the difference of $160. Please let me know what you think.


New Specs:
Intel Core i5-3570K / COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA

old specs for ref:

Specs:

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz / $149(microcenter) // Possible overclocking in the future, don't think needed at this moment.

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 / $110

GPU:
MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB / $330 // Any thoughts on this one? $330 imo is overkill.

RAM:
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3 1600(2x4GB) / $FREE comes with mobo

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W / $70

HDD:
Crucial M4 64GB(SSD) OS / $73
WD GREEN 1TB DATA / $FREE currently have one

CASE
Antec Three Hundred Black / $54

DRIVE
LITE ON Drive Bay / $17


*don't get a Z68 motherboard with a 3570k CPU, you need a Z77 motherboard.
*that ram isn't very good, get a G.skill ares kit a low profile Corsair vengeance kit
*get a smaller or bigger PSU, either a 550w or 750w because you will not be able to SLI later with a 650w PSU.
*no one in this forum recommends the Crucial m4 anymore.... get a Samsung 830 or a Vertex 4
*at that price range you can get a better case like the Rosewill Challenger.
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